Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH)

The Manchester Self-Harm Project (MaSH) was founded in 1997. MaSH is a leading UK centre for the study of self-harm and suicidal behaviour. The MaSH Project forms a part of the Department of Health funded Multicentre Study of Self-Harm in England.

Aims

The aims of the Manchester Self-Harm Project are:

  • To monitor patterns of self-harm locally
  • To evaluate self-harm services
  • To provide the evidence on which service development and training may be based
  • To provide an infrastructure for further research on patterns of self-harm and their clinical management
  • To inform and make recommendations on national suicide prevention initiatives

Purpose

The purpose of the Manchester Self-Harm Project is to inform local services about self-harm patients and contribute to national research. We disseminate our findings at national and international conferences, in peer reviewed journals and locally to service providers. Locally, MaSH data is presented at clinical audit meetings, research and development forums and in the training of staff and medical students.

MaSH Reports

The biennial MaSH Report details the nature, characteristics, demographics and service needs of people presenting to the three emergency departments in the City of Manchester.

Research papers

We disseminate our research findings in peer reviewed journals.  For details, see: Publications

Seminars, talks and conferences

We disseminate our findings at national and international conferences and locally to service providers at clinical audit meetings, research and development forums and in the presentations to staff and medical students.

Structure

The Manchester Self-Harm Studies operate from the Centre for Mental Health and Risk at the University of Manchester. The Manchester Self-Harm Project is a particpant in the Multi-Centre Study of Self-harm in England alongside other centres of excellence in Oxford and Derby.

News and information

For current information relating to the work of the Manchester Self-Harm Project and related studies in the Centre for Mental Health and Risk, see our latest newsletter.

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